Renee Elise Goldsberry
Renee Goldsberry created the role of One Life to Live's determined defense attorney Evangeline Williamson in February 2003, originally intended as a recurring role. She was put on contract in April 2003.
Ms. Goldsberry was born in San Jose, CA and raised in both Houston, TX and Detroit, MI. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a bachelors degree in acting, and went on to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she received her masters in vocal jazz performance.
Along with her OLTL role, Ms. Goldsberry performed the role of Nala in the Broadway production of Disney's The Lion King
until July 2003. Her other credits include the national tour of Dreamgirls
, the Broadway version of The Color Purple
, the movie soundtrack for the feature film Amistad, and a recurring role as a featured, on-camera singer on Ally McBeal
Ms. Goldsberry starred in the independent film All About You, for which she co-wrote more than half of the soundtrack, including the title song. The film received the 2002 Grand Prize at both the Pan-African Film Festival and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. It was also awarded the top prize at the 2003 Miami Film Festival.
As a singer, Ms. Goldsberry has performed with various well-known artists, including Barry White, Patti Austin, Al Green, Rod Stewart, Yolanda Adams, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, Jeffrey Osborne, Faith Hill, Barry Manilow and Vonda Shepherd. She has been honored with the grand prize for the John Lennon Songwriting contest. Her first album, entitled Everything But the Kitchen Sink
, features three Lennon award-winning songs.
Ms. Goldsberry resides in Manhattan with her husband.
One Life to Live
February 17, 2003
to March 2003 [recurring]; April 2003 to May 18, 2007
One on One
Paulette, episode: "Fatal Attractions"
May 6 2002
1997 to 2002
All About You
Palco & Hirsch
The Color Purple
The Lion King
: Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2006, 2007)
: Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2006, 2007)
DATE OF BIRTH: January 2, 1971
PLACE OF BIRTH: San Jose, California
RAISED IN: Houston, Texas and Detroit, Michigan
: Goldsberry, co-stars are the subjects of Internet gossip. [Feb 28, 2005]
: Goldsberry, OLTL at impasse over new contract. [Apr 9, 2007]
: Goldsberry headed back to Broadway in Good People
. [Nov 30, 2010]
: OLTL's Renee Elise Goldsberry receives a Tony nom [May 3, 2016]
: OLTL alum Renée Elise Goldsberry renews Broadway contract [Jul 7, 2016]
: OLTL alum Renée Elise Goldsberry books Oprah film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [Jul 26, 2016]
: OLTL alum Renée Elise Goldsberry reveals what it's REALLY like to be a black soap opera actor [Aug 15, 2016]